Should you hire a car in Italy?

Hiring a car in Italy is a great way to explore the historic sites throughout this magnificent country, from Milan in the north to Sicily at the foot of this boot shaped country.  From the comfort of your car you can see the sites at your own pace whether touring through Tuscany and sampling some of the wines the region has to offer or plotting a route around Rome whilst planning a visit to the Colosseum to follow in the footsteps of the Romans.

Where to book car hire in Italy?

Rhino won the prestigious award of Best Car Hire Website in 2018 and 2010 and further shortlisted in 2013, 2016 and 2017, we continually strive to deliver the cheapest price and best deals on car hire to our customers. We compare prices across all the main suppliers such as Europcar, Hertz and Avis as well as local suppliers to find you the best price possible. Why not try us for a quote today and see how much we can save you on your next car rental in Italy.

Minimum Age Requirements for Car Hire in Italy

In Italy you need to be 18 years or older to hire a car. If you are aged 18-25 a young driver surcharge will usually be added. These charges will vary depending on the car hire company and the type of vehicle you are wishing to rent. As you can see from the table below, the minimum age of the driver and the surcharge can vary greatly so it is always worth checking this carefully at the time of booking.
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Green Motion
Sicily by Car
Minimum age
Young driver supplement/day
(Under 25)
19-21 €22
22-24 €11
21-22 €12
23-24 €0.00
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Customer questions about Italy car hire

Hello, I have a client from Australia asking if they need an international drivers licence to hire a car in Italy?

Hi, no an international driving license is not required.

Hi, I am planning to rent the Ford Galaxy for 6 passengers. We are living in Indiana, USA. Will our driver's license be fine to drive in Venice and Tuscany?

Yes a USA driving license is fine.

Hello, I would like to rent a car without a credit card In Fiumicino is it possible?

Hi, i'm sorry when collecting the car you must have a credit card in the main drivers name.

Useful things to know about Italy

  • Italy has over 60 million inhabitants which makes it the fifth most populous country in Europe.
  • Some of the world's most famous buildings are in Italy including the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum.
  • Italy has produced some of the most famous scientists in the world including Marconi, Volta and Galileo.
  • There are two independent states in Italy: the Republic of San Marino (25 square miles) and the Vatican City (just 108.7 acres)
  • The pre-dinner 'passeggiata' (evening stroll) is one of Italy’s most popular leisure activities where Italians stroll about the streets to see and be seen.
  • On average it's cheaper for young drivers to rent in Italy than car hire France.

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To book cheap car hire in Italy, simply use the booking engine above and let us search for the cheapest car hire on your behalf.  All of our prices are full inclusive and our cars can be picked up from any airport or downtown location for your convenience.  Book today to secure the lowest rates for your next car rental in Italy.
Fuel Prices in Italy by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jan , 2020 1.49 1.59
Dec , 2019 1.47 1.58
Nov , 2019 1.47 1.57
Oct , 2019 1.47 1.57
Sep , 2019 1.49 1.59
Aug , 2019 1.46 1.57

Italy Mini Guide

Italy, or the Italian republic to give its full name, forms part of the Italian Peninsula in the southern part of Europe, and also extends onto Sicily and Sardinia, the two largest islands to be found in the Mediterranean Sea. Italy has borders with Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland and France and contains two completely independent states which are Vatican City and San Marino.

Italy Mediterranean sea

The climate in Italy is quite varied, depending upon which parts of Italy we consider. In the South and upon the islands it has a typical Mediterranean climate, moving further inland and further North the climate is typically humid and subtropical. Italy has been a favourite European tourist destination for several decades, although most of the tourist trade happens on the southern coast and upon the two island of Sicily and Sardinia, many of the larger cities including Milan and Turin are very popular city break destinations.

Italy is synonymous with style and fashion, and although this mainly pertains to the clothing and fashion industry, Italy has also done much for the luxury car industry.  The Italian sports car brand Ferrari is a world renowned producer of high-performance sports vehicles. The company was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929, and has continued until present-day; to produce some of the world’s most valuable performance vehicles. During its long history, Ferrari has been deeply involved with Formula One racing, and the Italian Grand Prix is considered to be one of the highlights of the Formula One season.

Italy can be further subdivided into 20 separate regions; many of these are world renowned for their unique charm and character. Some of these regions make excellent choices for the visitor who wishes to see Italian culture up close, by touring in their own hire car or privately owned vehicle.

Tuscany is the region along the western coastline, and is renowned for its natural landscapes and its artistic influences. There are six locations within Tuscany that have been designated as UNESCO protected sites; these are the city of Florence, the city of Siena, the Cathedral of Pisa, San Gimignano and Pienza. Tuscany is typified by small towns and villages, its open countryside dotted with castles and impressive villas, and above all its wine making industry. Access to the region of Tuscany is easy, as it is served by two major international airports, Pieter international airport Galileo Galilei and Florence airport Amerigo Vespucci.

Italy Tuscany village

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, covering an area of approximately 24,000 square miles. It is a mountainous island with several large coastal plains and exhibits a Mediterranean climate all year round. A popular destination for tourists looking for a beach holiday, Sardinia continues to be one of the best summer sun destinations in the world. Sardinia is not all about sun and sand, there are actually eight regional parks within Sardinia, all of which make a great choice of location to spend a day away from the beach.

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Places of interest to be found within the city of Milan include The Duomo, which houses the largest collection of marble statues in the world, the Binlioteca Ambrosiana, a library which contains many of the drawings produced by Leonardo da Vinci, and is considered to be one of the major repositories of European culture within Europe and the Teatro alla Scala, considered to be one of the most important operatic centres in the world.

If we consider Milan to be the fashion centre of Italy, then surely Turin must be the historic and cultural centre. Famous as the home of the Shroud of Turin, the cloth which is believed by many to have been used to wrap the body of Jesus Christ after the crucifixion. Motoring enthusiasts will be enthralled by a visit to either headquarters of Fiat, or Lancia, both of which have their head offices in Turin, along with some of their more classic models on display. History buffs will enjoy a visit to Palatine Towers; these are some of the best and most well preserved Roman ruins in Italy. Of course most people will wish to visit the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, which houses the aforementioned Shroud of Turin.

The Museo Egizio is also another significant historical site, and houses one of the most important collections of Egyptian antiquities found anywhere in the world. Turin is a city with a long and rich history, a fascinating place to explore, with a charm and ambience unlike any other city in the world.

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Driving in Italy - Need to know



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Fuel Prices in Italy

  • Price of petrol in Italy in January

    € 1.59/Ltr

    ($ 1.95/Ltr | EUR 1.59/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Italy in January

    € 1.49/Ltr

    ($ 1.82/Ltr | EUR 1.49/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Italy in January

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 63.60  ($ 77.88) | € 59.60  ($ 72.98)
Compact € 63.60  ($ 77.88) | € 59.60  ($ 72.98)
Full Size € 79.50  ($ 97.35) | € 74.50  ($ 91.23)
SUV € 95.40  ($ 116.82) | € 89.40  ($ 109.48)
Carrier € 111.30  ($ 136.29) | € 104.30  ($ 127.72)

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Booking a hire car to drive around Italy is a great way of getting around, however the rumours of the Italian highway code should not be taken lightly. Driving in Italy is not for the faint hearted, particularly in the busy city centres. We recommend that you park your hire car on the outskirts and take advantage of the excellent public transport if venturing into the major cities of Milan, Rome and Naples to name a few. However once you get out of the busy cities, the motorways are excellent and congestion free. Rhino has a comprehensive range of cars you can hire in Italy to suit all occasions and budgets. For example if you are looking for the cheapest option we have a great range of economy hire cars with models such as the Peugeot 107 and Ford Fiesta available. If you are travelling on business or prefer to hire a more luxurious car then we have a range of more prestigious cars on offer such as the Mercedes E Class and Saab 9-3.

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